Analysis of Chapter Two (478)

Solomon I. Sara

in Sibawayh on ?imalah (Inclination)

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780748627950
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653058 | DOI:
Analysis of Chapter Two (478)

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This chapter notes Sībawayh's statements about the state of inclination among the Arabic speakers, and indicates the contexts where inclination takes place, listing the relevant rules given by Sībawayh. It also discusses the feminine marker [h] and its potential and actual hiddenness in pronunciation. The hiddenness of the [h] creates shorter sequences and consequently more immediate contexts for inclination when there is an [i] before the [A]. The feminine marker [h] can be hidden, in which case the final [A] is inclined in the context of a preceding ‘break [i]’ and the resulting form resembles another form on the surface, the dual.

Keywords: Arabic language; Sībawayh; inclination; break [i]; feminine marker; [h]; hidden letters

Chapter.  859 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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